Personal profile


Course Leader for the BSc Hons in Counselling Studies; Senior Lecturer on the  BSc Hons in Counselling Studies and BSc Hons Psychology with Counselling. Previously Course Leader for MSc in Counselling Studies - vocational training. Senior Lecturer in Higher Education since 1990 in Midwifery - combined theory and practice. Early career in Nursing;  Key achievements: received 'Surgical Nurse of the Year' award.  Midwifery training, Key achievement: Advanced Midwifery award in 1984.Worked as a midwifery manager in the NHS 1983-1988. Key achievement: PGCEA from University of Surrey in 1990.  Moved into Counselling and Psychotherapy in 1996; Key achievement:   MSc in Counselling from the University of Nottingham  in 1999; Key achievement:  Vocational Masters in Psychotherapy in 2005. Currently practising as a gestalt  psychotherapist , professionally registered with the UKCP.  Commenced Professional Doctorate in 2012 focusing on how therapists use their personal development group experience in their client work. Presented work at the BACP research conference in 2016.  Currently working as an organisational consultant and clinical supervisor for counselling and psychotherapy training.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Body trauma
  • Diversity in counselling practice
  • Personal development
  • Reflection used as an evaluative tool

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Research Output 2004 2004

28 Citations

What is child protection?: Historical and methodological issues in comparative research on lastensuojelu/child protection

Hearn, J., Pösö, T., Smith, C., White, S. & Korpinen, J. Jan 2004 In : International Journal of Social Welfare. 13, 1, p. 28-41 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

child protection
comparative research
basic concept
welfare state